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    Designing Change: A Conversation with David Hogg

    San Francisco (CA) – The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) is pleased to announce Designing Change: A Conversation with David Hogg, December 4, 2018. The Museum of Craft and Design welcomes Parkland activist, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student and author David Hogg to San Francisco to share his personal story and vision for change in our country.

    “The Museum of Craft and Design’s Designing Change series focuses on the ability of creative individuals to inspire meaningful change for themselves and their communities,” said MCD Executive Director JoAnn Edwards. “We, like the rest of nation, have been inspired by Hogg and the Parkland students’ courageous leadership and fearless commitment to better the lives of youth. I’m moved and awed by these young people and the clarity they bring to the need to keep schools a sacred place.”

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    MCDDesigning Change: A Conversation with David Hogg
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    Al Farrow: Divine Ammunition

    November 17, 2018 – February 24, 2019
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    Friday, November 16, 2018

    San Francisco, CA. September 2018 – This fall, the Museum of Craft and Design presents Al Farrow: Divine Ammunition opening November 17, 2018. Having traveled the nation the exhibition comes home to San Francisco as Bay Area sculptor Al Farrow (American, b.1943) completes his most recent piece, The White House (2018). The White House, weighing almost a ton, will debut at the exhibition alongside the public premiere of Farrow’s privately commissioned work, Temple Emanuel (2017).

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    MCDAl Farrow: Divine Ammunition
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    Tex Gieling: Sixty Years

    November 17, 2018 – February 24, 2019
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    Friday, November 16, 2018

    San Francisco, CA. September 2018 – The Museum of Craft and Design is pleased to present Tex Gieling: Sixty Years, opening on November 17, 2018 and featuring work by metal arts legend, Imogene “Tex” Gieling.

    Founder of the metal arts departments at the University of California, Berkeley in 1956 and San Francisco State University in 1965, jewelry has been a lifetime commitment for Tex Gieling. Her commitment to her practice is abundantly evident in the 60 years of work on display at the Museum of Craft and Design. Tex Gieling: Sixty Years, guest curated by Elizabeth Shypertt, begins in the 1940s and continues through the 1990s, accentuating a period of creative intensity following Gieling’s retirement in 1991.

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    MCDTex Gieling: Sixty Years
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    Gustavo Pérez: Self Portrait in Black and White

    November 10, 2018 – February 24, 2019
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    San Francisco, CA. September 2018 – Opening on November 10, 2018, the Museum of Craft and Design will present Gustavo Pérez: Self Portrait in Black and White, an expansive installation by renowned ceramicist, Gustavo Pérez.

    Gustavo Pérez: Self Portrait in Black and White is part of the museum’s Visible Transparency Project, which invites visitors to witness the behind-the-scenes exhibition installation. Pérez’s installation will take place during regular museum hours Tuesday, November 6th through Thursday, November 8th.

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    MCDGustavo Pérez: Self Portrait in Black and White
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    Raw Design

    San Francisco, CA. March 2018 – The Museum of Craft and Design presents Raw Design, a group exhibition curated by Glenn Adamson, curator, theorist and formerly Director of Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Opening on June 2, 2018, Raw Design will offer visitors an opportunity to explore contemporary design in its most fundamental condition.

    Raw Design features today’s cutting-edge talents, in addition to established figures who anticipated contemporary concerns in the late 1960s, such as Gaetano Pesce. One element all of the artists presented in Raw Design have in common is a certain no-nonsense stance. At a time in history when spin threatens to overwhelm us, this show offers another way – an alternative to “alternative facts.” In the process, hopefully, it demonstrates that palpable physicality is by no means obsolete as a creative force.

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    MCDRaw Design
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    Judy Kensley McKie: Cast of Characters

    San Francisco, CA. March 2018 – The Museum of Craft and Design is pleased to present Judy Kensley McKie: Cast of Characters, curated by Glenn Adamson and Ariel Zaccheo. Featuring a selection of McKie’s works sourced from the Artworks Foundry archive, Judy Kensley McKie: Cast of Characters is the first museum exhibition to focus exclusively on the creative collaboration between a single artist and a specialist art foundry. Placing emphasis on this collaborative partnership, the exhibition articulates how the creation of art is often the work of many hands, and reveals the technical repertoire that lies behind these consummately crafted objects.

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    MCDJudy Kensley McKie: Cast of Characters

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    Dominic Di Mare @ Museum of Craft and Design

    Anchors in Time is an exquisite jewel box of a show: a single large room containing selections from five decades of Dominic Di Mare’s long and extraordinarily productive career. This presentation of 35 works in multiple mediums offers a rare opportunity to see how a visual language of personal references connects different stages of a long career. Di Mare’s sculptures, made from knotted linen thread, wood, beads, clay, paper and horsehair, predominate. But there are also surreal watercolor self-portraits, intricately cut artist’s books and re-interpretations of Old Master paintings that are simultaneously visionary and schematic… Read more.

    Article by Maria Porges for Square Cylinder

     

     

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    marketing internDominic Di Mare @ Museum of Craft and Design
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    THE VISIBLE INVISIBLE: A RUFFLED LOOK AT UNITED STATES HISTORY

    Known colloquially as “green-screen,” chroma key compositing is a “technical term in video and television for placing a person or an object against a uniform background, onto which any given situation can subsequently be (realistically) superimposed.” Using post-production technology, this
    uniform “green-screen” background can be replaced, overlaid or projected onto. Oddly, the intensity of chroma key green is necessary in order to render superimpositions with the proper density of information. The color’s visibility is paradoxically necessary in order for it to remain invisible. Stephanie
    Syjuco’s most recent project, tentatively titled The Visible Invisible, foregrounds this vivid shade within the rubric of historical garments. Fashioning iconic American dresses out of chroma key fabric, the artist examines how our historical narrative has rendered certain populations invisible, both literally and metaphorically…

    Read more at Visible Invisible-Zaccheo

    Article by Ariel Zaccheo for the Surface Design Journal’s Summer 2018 issue.

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    marketing internTHE VISIBLE INVISIBLE: A RUFFLED LOOK AT UNITED STATES HISTORY
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    Raw Design: Material Matter(s)

    Shiny bulbous columns and spheres are presented alongside jagged mineral-like structures and rocky reconstructions. It seems to be a futuristic stone-age, where the uncannily natural sit alongside the synthetic in an exploration of unapologetic materiality. Read full article by Lara Chapman here.

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    MCDRaw Design: Material Matter(s)
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    Tom Loeser Forges Whimsical Furniture From Gardening Tools

    “Tom Loeser comes from a family of unicyclists—an unconventionality apparent in his work, which turns traditional furniture on its head. As seen in “Tom Loeser: Please Please Please,” at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design through May 20, Dig 23 repurposes old tool handles as the backrest for a bench in spalted maple, and the Folding Chairs series transforms seating into wall art in a twist on Shaker style. Loeser calls the pieces ‘functional and dysfunctional’.” – Read the full article here by Zoe Kaplan in Interior Design Magazine.

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    MCDTom Loeser Forges Whimsical Furniture From Gardening Tools
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    5 Fun Things To Do For $31 Or Less In San Francisco This Weekend

    “Compared to the likes of the SFMOMA and the de Young, the Museum of Craft and Design in the Dogpatch is an undersung local spot for art enthusiasts. Current exhibits include Tom Loeser’s “Please Please Please,” a showcase of unconventional furniture like chests that swivel and slide, rocking chairs for two, and rotary-action benches.” Read the full article on Hoodline here.

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    MCD5 Fun Things To Do For $31 Or Less In San Francisco This Weekend
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    Furniture and Objects Design: Please, Please, Please by Tom Loeser

    El artísta Tom Loeser estará presentando en el Museo de Artesanía y Diseño su exposición inaugural de 2018, Tom Loeser: Please Please Please, en asociación con el Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, y una instalación complementaria específica del sitio realizada por el colectivo artístico galardonado en SFMOMA SECA 2017t.w.five. Read full article here.

     

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    MCDFurniture and Objects Design: Please, Please, Please by Tom Loeser
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    Where to explore the best of tech and science in San Francisco

    Under radar even for many locals, the Museum of Craft and Design is a small museum with a big science-y and architectural bent. To be fair, the 13-year-old institution only moved to the Dogpatch neighborhood in 2013. Since then, it’s packed into a single (albeit spacious) room curious exhibits like an interactive “sewer portrait” that invites museumgoers to “compose” music by pumping water into a drainpipe installation; or a wool experience spanning everything from microscopic fiber imaging to a visual explanation of the felt-making process to creative home and decor applications of wool. See full “Where to” list here.

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    MCDWhere to explore the best of tech and science in San Francisco
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    San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design Announces First Exhibition of 2018

    The first exhibition of the new year at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco will be “Tom Loeser: Please Please Please,” honoring the work of the Wisconsin-based artist. The show is organized in partnership with the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and will also feature a site-specific installation by local artist collective, t.w.five. Read the full article by Selin Ashaboglu in ArchitectureMagazine.com.

     

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    MCDSan Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design Announces First Exhibition of 2018
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    Architects Experiment With The Future Of Construction By Building Their Biggest Visions In Miniature

    “A life-size environment for exploring architectural ideas in public, the pavilion is the architectural equivalent of the concept car. Yet unlike concept cars, which often generate headlines, pavilions seldom get much attention outside of specialized contexts like the Venice Architecture Biennale. A new exhibition at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design makes a strong case for the pavilion’s importance, and may even help to bring more attention to the pavilion-building practice.” Read full article in Forbes by Jonaton Keats here.

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    MCDArchitects Experiment With The Future Of Construction By Building Their Biggest Visions In Miniature
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    A Day in San Francisco’s Dogpatch: What to Do, See & Eat

    “A new exhibit opens this month at the Museum of Craft and Design, making it the perfect third stop on our morning-slash-afternoon in Dogpatch. See the new exhibit — highlighting digital and handmade architectural pavilions — then hit up the gift shop.” -Read full article by Ellie Eckert here.

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    MCDA Day in San Francisco’s Dogpatch: What to Do, See & Eat
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    ‘Pavilions’ Offers a Primer on Structures Built for Pure Pleasure

    “The pavilion is an architectural outlier. Traditionally a freestanding, temporary structure, it can provide utility or shelter, but more often than not its true purpose is pure spectacle. Imagine the architectural equivalent of statement jewelry. But Architectural Pavilions: Experiments and Artifacts, now on view at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design, pinpoints an ulterior, altogether invisible functionality for these unconventional structures: architects’ testing grounds…” Read full article by KQED Arts writer Sarah Hotchkiss here.

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    MCD‘Pavilions’ Offers a Primer on Structures Built for Pure Pleasure
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    In Review: San Francisco California

    “In San Francisco, the heart of high tech, it is all about coding. Appropriately, Felt Decoded | Wool: Nature’s Technology deciphers the many facets of this fascinating fiber. The exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design explores every aspect, from the science of wool and age-old traditions to contemporary artistic and architectural uses.” –Read full Surface Design Journal article by Barbara Shapiro here.

     

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    MCDIn Review: San Francisco California
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    The Material You Should be Buying Right Now: Felt

    The Felt DeCoded exhibit opens at the Museum of Craft & Design, and it’s sure to inspire.

    The new “Felt DeCoded:Wool: Nature’s Technology” exhibition at the Museum of Craft & Design pays tribute to wool as a raw fiber and its many uses for making art, household items, and clothes (The Woolmark Company is an exhibition sponsor). The versatility of this material is on display in the work of visual artist Janice Arnold’s many new works including an installation called Cave of Memories, acoustic wall panels to a multi-layered felted coffee table and wool-and-mohair stool created in collaboration with TESC Furniture Studio. “I consider wool a miracle fiber,” says Arnold.
    Read the full Domino article by Natasha Wolf here.

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    MCDThe Material You Should be Buying Right Now: Felt
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    Home Design Guide to Dogpatch’s flourishing design shops

    Printed February 26th, updated March 1st. SF Chronicle by Jordan Kushins

    “Situated on dockside flats in the shadow of Potrero Hill, the Dogpatch neighborhood has maintained a strong, almost defiant character amid San Francisco’s rapidly shifting cultural landscape — which is not to say that it isn’t evolving. Recent years have seen a boom in small, creative businesses that wedge themselves among the industrial warehouses and vintage cottages that survived the 1906 earthquake…” Read full article here.

     

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    MCDHome Design Guide to Dogpatch’s flourishing design shops
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    Chris Eckert’s ‘Mixed Messages’ Transforms News into Morse Code

    February 10, 2017

    “Many artists can identify with Chris Eckert, whose long hours in the studio making work and listening to public radio left him feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. “The topics are complex and nuanced without simple answers,” Eckert says. “I don’t pretend to have solutions for any of these issues, but I feel their weight.”

    So Eckert decided to turn that sensory overload into artistic fodder. The kinetic sculptor’s piece Mixed Messages, made in collaboration with John Green and currently on view at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design, reduces the signal of news to almost pure noise… Read full KQED article by Sarah Hotchkiss here.

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    MCDChris Eckert’s ‘Mixed Messages’ Transforms News into Morse Code
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    The Pull of Wool

    NO 32: February / March- 2017
    “GO AHEAD, YOU CAN TOUCH THAT—IT’S NATURALLY DURABLE, SO YOU CAN’T REALLY HURT IT,” says artist Janice Arnold. Standing at one end of a 40-foot table in her downtown Olympia, Washington, studio, the founder of JA Felt is running her nimble fingers along the undulating edges of a large handmade felt textile patterned with swirling foliage…Read full article by Rachel Gallaher here.

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    MCDThe Pull of Wool
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    Artist’s portrait of elephant killed by poachers brings attention to the cost of the ivory trade

    Wendy Maruyama’s wildLIFE Project continues its US tour to San Francisco this month

    The San Diego, California-based artist Wendy Maruyama is bringing attention to the plight of elephants and other animals slaughtered for their tusks with her recent work, the wildLIFE Project, now traveling across the United States. Maruyama was inspired to create the wildLIFE Project after meeting with wildlife advocates—and elephants—on a trip to Kenya. Read full article by Victoria Stapley-Brown of The Art Newspaper here.

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    Weaving a Legacy

    Arnold will again be the subject of an exhibition when FELT DeCoded | Wool: Nature’s Technology opens at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco this February – a visual exploration of art and science that offers an intimate perspective of wool as nature’s own technology. “We are witnessing an increase in traditional handcrafts making a comeback in modern art,” says Stuart McCullough, the managing director of The Woolmark Company, the exhibition’s sponsor. “Natural, versatile, innovative and above all luxurious, wool and particularly felt continue to be used in modern ways whilst paying tribute to the fibre’s traditional roots.” Read full article here.

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    MCDWeaving a Legacy
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    JaVale McGee Surprises Five #GladToGive Heroes With A Shopping Spree

    Over the Thanksgiving holiday from November 22-29, the Warriors and Glad teamed up to recognize five exemplary Bay Area individuals who have embodied kindness and service to others through their community organizations. On Tuesday, November 29, the five #GladToGive heroes were rewarded for their generosity and impact with a $1,000 shopping spree at the Alameda Target location to shop for needed items for each of their organizations. Read the full article here.

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    MCDJaVale McGee Surprises Five #GladToGive Heroes With A Shopping Spree
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    ‘Felt Decoded’ Exhibition Set for San Francisco Museum

    Thursday, December 15th
    By Arthur Friedman of WWD.com

    Artist Janice Arnold’s exhibition runs from lacy wisps of wool to rocklike slabs, showing wool felts extremes.
    The Woolmark Co. is sponsoring an upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco called ‘Felt DeCoded | Wool: Nature’s Technology. Set to open to the public on Feb. 11, Felt Decoded is a tactile and visual exploration of art and science with a step-by-step material study that shows an intimate perspective of wool as nature’s technology, demonstrating why wool is intrinsic to the practice of making handmade felt.

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    MCD‘Felt Decoded’ Exhibition Set for San Francisco Museum
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    Dogpatch, San Francisco: A Hub for the Creative

    “…The arts also bloom in Dogpatch. The Minnesota Street Project, a three-building complex between 23rd and 24th Streets that includes 35,000 square feet of gallery space and 22,000 square feet of subsidized studio space, opened in spring as a refuge for artists who have been priced out of gentrifying neighborhoods like the Tenderloin. Three years ago, the Museum of Craft and Design moved to its current location in the American Industrial Center from the Union Square area. Next month, Untitled, an international art fair, will hold its first San Francisco event at Pier 70, a 65-acre former ironworks and shipbuilding site.” Read full article by Julie Lasky here.

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    Glad to Give Honoree: JoAnn Edwards by Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors are teaming up with Glad to recognize a hero in the community on each day of Glad to Give Week. JoAnn Edwards: “I’m #GladToGive by gathering our communities to provide MCD MakeArt hands-on, experiential workshops where kids can discover their own creativity.”  Read more here.

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    Anja Ulfeldt Makes Art From the Unappealing Sounds of Aging Plumbing

    “You think, “All that rust and gunk: What an eyesore!” if you think of them at all. And the background noise of running water — from the toilet flush to the bathtub draining — is usually a mild annoyance and not a pleasure to hear. Of Sound l Mind and Objects, Ulfeldt’s new exhibition at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design, is out to prove otherwise…” Read Jeffrey Edalatpour’s full article on KQED Arts here.

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    MCDAnja Ulfeldt Makes Art From the Unappealing Sounds of Aging Plumbing
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    Scenes From The Bayview Opera House’s Grand Re-Opening

    “In the parking lot, tents and structures created a festival atmosphere, with carnival games and art activities supported by the Museum of Craft and Design, the Opera House’s own Dare 2 Dream art program, and more.” Read full article on Hoodline here.

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    MCDScenes From The Bayview Opera House’s Grand Re-Opening
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    A New Focus on Design in San Francisco

    “Following the trend south, the Museum of Craft and Design has moved to Dogpatch, San Francisco’s newest and most southerly arts neighborhood, already home to numerous galleries and studio buildings. The first permanent location for the twelve-year-old nonprofit is intended to diversify a program currently focused on thoughtful monographic exhibitions devoted to artists using craft material and found objects.” Read full article by Robert Atkins in Modern Magazine.

     

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    MCDA New Focus on Design in San Francisco
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    How to Make an Anarchist Quilt

    “…But Venom’s quilts aren’t exactly Ladies’ Home Journal material: They’re all about crime, gambling, metal, and drugs. “My art is a collision of fine art crafting and the fringes of society,” he says. “I’m riding that razor’s edge.” – Read full article by Lauren Murrow.

    Originally published in the May issue of San Francisco

     

     

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    There’s A Surprising Weapon In The Battle For Soldiers’ Mental Health

    “Yet there is no dedicated department of arts and crafts for veteran rehabilitation, at least not through the federal government. Instead, for decades, individual veterans have turned to crafting on their own, as explored in the PBS documentary “Craft in America: Service” and a recent exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, “Art and Other Tactics: Contemporary Craft by Artist Veterans.” By applying funds from the G.I. Bill toward taking on new artistic disciplines, more and more veterans are finding solace in crafts like pottery, woodworking, and metalsmithing…” Read the full GOOD article by Rebecca Huval here.

     

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    MCDThere’s A Surprising Weapon In The Battle For Soldiers’ Mental Health
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    After a long search for a new home, the Museum of Craft and Design moves into a permanent home in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. It opens its doors on Saturday April 6, 2013 with inaugural exhibits by artist and sculptor Michael Cooper; textile artist Arline Fisch; and ceramicist Rebecca Hutchinson.

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    The Daily Californian | SF Craft Museum Switches Gears

    The Museum of Craft and Design has finally found a home in San Francisco after the unexpected loss of its location on Sutter Street in 2004. After years of pop-up museums around the city, the museum’s new permanent location opened in the Dogpatch neighborhood this past weekend with a celebration including inaugural exhibits, food trucks and a family activity in its MakeArt Lab — all for free.

    See the article in the April 8, 2013 issue of the Daily Californian

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    MCDThe Daily Californian | SF Craft Museum Switches Gears
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    Welcome To Dogpatch

    Welcome to Dogpatch! The Museum of Craft and Design reopened in its new location at 2569 Third St @ 22nd in San Francisco on April 6, 2013.

    Furthering the Museum’s ability to serve as an international center for arts and culture, the Museum of Craft and Design’s new facility expands the institution’s exhibition space by nearly 50% and features the museum’s first dedicated educational workshop and programming space.

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